Presented by

  • Peter Chubb

    Peter Chubb

    Peter has been using Unix since 1979, and started using Linux in 1992. He has contributed to many open source projects, over the years, but mostly on low-level system code. In recent years he has been helping to grow the open source community around seL4, and contributing to its ecosystem.


Most people have produced documents of various forms, generally using pre-templated layouts. Producing a book is more work. And producing a book with specialised typesetting requirements, even more so. In this talk I intend to go through what I did to design a book layout, create LaTeX document styles, and create a book of poems written by Val Chubb, and prepare it for publication. I'll be covering most of the process, including book anatomy and binding techniques, page layout, indexing, getting an ISBN, copyright notices, and legal deposit requirements. It used to be you'd have to create your own LaTeX class file, and tweak each page to get it right. The relatively new 'memoir' class takes a lot of pain out of this, but still needs thought and tweaking. YouTube: